Leigh-Anne Bartlett scored two goals in her Ottawa debut to push the Lady Braves to a season-opening victory. The Ottawa University women’s soccer team topped visiting Dordt College 4-1 Saturday, giving new head coach Roman DuChateau his first career win as a Brave.
“It is always good to get the first one of the season,” DuChateau said. “It was a good day to be a Brave.”
Bartlett, junior forward transfer out of Allen County Community College, kicked off the scoring with a goal, assisted by Ady Barraza, senior midfielder, at the 12:10 mark in the first half. Another new face for OU, Brooke Mays, senior forward, put the ball in the net exactly five mintues later to give her team a 2-0 lead at the half.
Bartlett scored again at the 50:23 mark, assisted by Mays. Dordt got on the board at the 59:36 mark with a goal by Alaina Van Zalen, but Ottawa answered less than five minutes later with a score from Abigail Rosales, senior midfielder, assisted by Mays.
While the win was a good building block, DuChateau said the main focus right now is getting the team to play together and learn a new system.
“We are ranked No. 16 in the country returning two starters from last year’s team,” he said. “We are a brand new group that is still learning how to play together.”
Ottawa finished with 20 shots as a team, 14 on goal. Dordt had six shots, all on goal. Amanda Valentine, senior transfer out of Vanguard University in California, had five saves at goalkeeper for the Lady Braves.
OU (1-0) plays 5 p.m. Wednesday at Baker University in Baldwin City.